A woman admitted to the state-run Bangur Institute of Neurosciences was allegedly molested by a physiotherapist of the hospital last Saturday. The institute authorities formed a medical board on Wednesday to probe the charges.
The hospital lodged an FIR with Bhowanipore police station on Tuesday. The physiotherapist was not arrested till Wednesday evening as the cops were waiting for a report of the hospital’s medical board.
The three-member medical board — headed by Biswanath Kahali, the head of the forensic department at SSKM Hospital (adjacent to the neurology institute) — is supposed to submit its report in three-four days.
“We do not have the expertise to determine whether the accused is guilty or not. We will decide our course of action based on the findings of the medical board,” said an officer of the police station.
The physiotherapist has been slapped with Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with “sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment”. If found guilty, the accused can be sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for up to three years and/or fined.
“We came to know of a complaint of sexual harassment against a physiotherapist of the institute. The accused is an employee of the health department. If found guilty, he would face strict punishment,” said Sushanta Banerjee, the director of medical education in Bengal.
Sources said the patient was suffering from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a disease that causes swelling of nerves.
Doctors said physiotherapy is an integral part of the treatment for such patients. “Many CIDP patients choose to get admitted because they need continuous physiotherapy for three to four months,” said a city-based neurologist.
Harshit Dashi, 28, was injured after a taxi hit his motorbike near MR Bangur Hospital in Tollygunge around 9am. The driver was arrested. Dashi was admitted to hospital. Earlier, helpers of two lorries were injured after the driver of one of the vehicles rammed into another in front of May Fair Nursing Home on BT Road, near Dunlop, around 12.30am. The lorries have been seized.